French probe Nazi-themed stag party

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Posted: Feb 15, 2012 1:56 PM
French probe Nazi-themed stag party

Authorities in France on Wednesday opened an inquiry into an alleged Nazi-themed stag party attended by a British lawmaker.

No suspect is so far targeted in the probe into allegations of incitement to racism and apology for war crimes, said Albertville state prosecutor Patrick Quincy.

British news reports have featured photos and amateur video of Conservative legislator Aidan Burley next to a man dressed in a Nazi SS uniform and among guests who toasted the Third Reich at the party in a restaurant in Val Thorens in the French Alps.

Burley lost his job as a parliamentary aide last month, and has apologized. Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation into his behavior.

In Britain, a member of the opposition Labour Party urged Cameron to "remove the whip" from Burley while the French investigation is under way. Removing the whip would mean he would have no prospect of promotion and would no longer be sent advice or instructions from whips _ or lawmakers who act as party organizers _ on how to vote.

"The French authorities are clearly taking the disgraceful events at the stag party in which Mr. Burley was involved very seriously and it is about time that David Cameron and the Conservative Party did the same," Labour lawmaker Ian Austin said.

France has strict laws aimed at curbing anti-Semitic and racist speech.